Welcome to the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences New Brunswick/Piscataway
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences New Brunswick/Piscataway offers interdisciplinary PhD training in specialties including Biochemistry, Pharmacology (including a Cancer Biology Concenration), Physiology, Environmental Exposure, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Biomedical Engineering, Toxicology,and Neuroscience. In addition, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers a Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences, a Masters in Biomedical Science and an MS in Biomedical Sciences.
Learn why Science Matters at Rutgers University from some of our very own graduate students! Click on the image below to watch the video
Message from the Deans
To the Members of Our Graduate School Communities:
Today, the Rutgers Board of Governors approved the merger of the
Graduate School-New Brunswick and the Graduate School of Biomedical
Sciences. As of July 1, 2017, these two schools will merge to become the
new School of Graduate Studies, an administrative unit that will serve
over 5,000 students enrolled in 63 doctoral and 75 master’s programs
spread across New Brunswick, Newark, and Piscataway.
This merger represents the culmination of a process that began in
2013 with the integration of Rutgers University and the University of
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It offers us a unique opportunity
to combine our staff and consolidate our resources, to build support for
interdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations, and to assist our
students as they complete their graduate programs and prepare for
More importantly, it allows us to better serve the members of our
communities by addressing more directly the challenges facing graduate
education in the 21st century. Amidst rapidly changing labor
markets, there are fewer tenure-track job opportunities. However, the
demand for highly-trained professionals with advanced degrees has never
been greater, affording our students a broad range of career paths on
which to embark following their training.
With the creation of the School of Graduate Studies, we will be as
committed as ever to the rigorous graduate training that has made
Rutgers one of this nation’s leading research universities. We will
anticipate the future needs of our students in order to help them thrive
in a global economy where success depends on their cultivation of
wide-ranging skill sets, and we will take advantage of the broad and
deep expertise of our graduate faculty to develop a more
interdisciplinary approach to graduate education.
Providing administrative oversight for nearly 140 graduate programs,
we will continue to partner with our faculty and staff in order to train
Rutgers students to think critically, to write effectively, and to work
independently. We will also look for ways to build new innovative
programs that will better prepare our students as they transition from
graduate classrooms and labs into increasingly competitive labor
Like its predecessors, the School of Graduate Studies will exist to
foster new ideas and create new knowledge. With our new, integrated
school, we are determined to be at the forefront of graduate education,
and we are excited to serve our students, faculty, and staff in this new
Jerome J. Kukor, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School - New Brunswick
Future Dean of the School of Graduate Studies
Kathleen W. Scotto, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Future Vice Dean of the School of Graduate Studies
To learn more about the creation of the School of Graduate Studies, read the Rutgers Today news release.
Congratulations to the Graduate Student Symposium Award Winners
The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association held its 11th annual symposium on March 24 and the winners for best poster include Urmimala Basu and Anna Giarratana. The winner of the best oral presentation was Alexandra Nguyen.
Announcing the 2016-2017 Keeler Scholarship Award
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at New Brunswick/Piscataway is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016-2017 Keeler Scholarship. This year’s award winners, Maria Isaac, Phillip Sgobba and April De Stefano will be completing a Master of Science in Biomedical Science degree. We congratulate our students and express our warmest gratitude to the Keeler family, who made this generous scholarship possible.
Read about MD/PhD Student Grace Ibitamuno Obienu who juggles 3 passions:medicine, community health and writing fiction.
Click here to learn more about Grace
Congratulations to our first batch of iJOBS Phase 3 graduates from Dec 2016
Congratulations to the 2016 Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) Access Med students and GSBS mentors:
This year, as in the past years, GSBS mentors trained EIGHT BCP Access Med students for 4 weeks in their laboratories. All the students presented their research findings at the Student Research Symposium held on July 15, 2016 in the West Lecture Hall.
The Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) is an intensive six-week summer program offering academic enrichment in the sciences and health care orientated activities. BCP offers three levels of coursework and six different curricula for students at various stages of their undergraduate education. Each level includes a combination of lectures, laboratories, clinical correlations, and small group sessions.
BCP Access Med students 2016
Yessenia Leon (M Bajpai); Duniel Coke (L Runnels); Valerie DeJesus (R Rasin); Iman Ali (N Walworth); Anevea Tinnery (M Goedken**/D Banerjee); Becky Adu (S Varia); Nanama O’Hene (J Shi); Stephanie Amaefuna (D Banerjee/M Goedken**) [From Left to Right, GSBS Mentors in parentheses]
**Director, Research Pathology Services, ORED Translational Sciences, Rutgers University
Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Pipeline Program renewed!
Congratulations to Jerry Langer, PhD and Beatrice Haimovich, PhD
on the renewal of a 5 year $2,365,247 grant from the NIH to enhance the training of under-represented minority students, and increase the number of Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds who continue into careers in biomedical research and who will eventually assume leadership roles in the field. To learn more about the program, click here.
Sandra Gensini, from the Master of Clinical and
Translational Science Program, received a travel award from the GSBS to present
her work at the 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress held
in Jacksonville in Feb 2016. Her platform presentation was entitled “Outcomes of
Hybrid versus open surgery for aortic arch disease in the Medicare population”
LABTV Profiles Lab Researchers
Blessy George, Heather McGowan, Xia Wen and Appoorva Halikere PhD Students studying at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, have been featured by LabTV’s “The Human Faces of Medical Research” podcast series.
LabTV is working to inspire the next generation of great young scientists by featuring the personal stories of young medical researchers in NIH-funded laboratories.
Please click on individual profiles for video.
Two of our master’s students, Alex Kenefake and Ashley Millette, spent three months in Indonesia as USAID fellows last summer. Read what they had to say about this extraordinary experience. We encourage the incoming MBS class to consider applying for the prestigious USAID fellowship for an all paid summer research experience in Indonesia.
Alex Kenefake Ashley Millette
GSBS MBS GSBS MBS
Click here to read all about Alex's Experience! Click here to read all about Ashley's Experience!
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- For all events including career training and iJOBS activities as well as seminars and thesis defenses please visit our Google calendar and share it with your personal calendar.
For upcoming and past GSBS thesis defenses, click here.
- For some upcoming seminars on campus, click here.
Eva Rubio-Marrero got a job at Celgene.
Ina Nikolaeva got a job at Nucleus Global in March 2016.
Andrea Gray, FDA in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and
Aditi Dubey is doing a postdoc at NYU.
Leonardo Valdivieso-Torres is doing a postdoc at University of Knoxville, TN
Kristina Hernandez got a job at MediTech Media which is a part of Nucleus Global in November 2015.
Winder Perez got a job at Stryker Corp as an Assistant Microbiologist in November 2015
William Schneider, PhD, postdoc at
Eric Joyce, PhD, postdoc at
Arjun Sasikumar, PhD, postdoc at
Leia Miller, PhD, postdoc at
Alumni Data from exit survey (first position after graduate)
68% postdoc, 17% research position in pharma/biotech, 9% research-related career (e.g. consulting, science writing, patent law, non-profit), 4% faculty/government position
Alumni Data from
LinkedIn (current position)
41% research in pharma/biotech, 24% research-related careers (e.g. consulting, science writing, patent law, non-profit), 20% current postdocs,
15% academic faculty positions